To Doubt or Not to Doubt?
‘Doubting Thomas’ is a reference made to the Apostle Thomas, who refused to believe that the resurrected Jesus had appeared to the ten other apostles, until he could see and feel the wounds received by Jesus on the cross.’ (Wikipedia)
Audio – To Doubt or Not to Doubt (Music by Deepak Ram – Beauty in Diversity)
But isn’t it natural to be a sceptic until we’ve seen evidence of something? In many areas of our lives we will doubt until we are convinced of the opposite.
We seem to live more in doubt these days though than in faith. No nation trusts another. No politician trusts another, even from the same political party. We doubt doctors and pharmacists as they force us to swallow peculiar coloured tablets. And perhaps rightly so… because our trust has been broken many times.
Doubt implies fear and uncertainty. If we live in fear there can never be love and trust. We spend so much on prison services and even after the person has endured his punishment and finished his sentence, we still stamp him with doubt.
Doubt is the opposite of trust. If there is faith and trust there is no margin for doubt. And even if an opposing thought may erupt, but because we trust, we are able to immediately nip it in the bud because the trust is stronger than the doubt.
Doubting is a necessary function of the intellect, it is designed to keep us safe in unknown situations. Of course we should not trust blindly or from a place of naivety. But at the same time we can learn to trust our inner wisdom rather than automatically rejecting any new notion that comes along.
Mistrusting without good reason comes from ego. It is the subconscious recalling the many times that our trust has been abused, and our intellect working overtime. To trust is simplicity. To doubt is to complicate. When I doubt I create so many thoughts – how many of them were all positive and necessary? Often we doubt because we cannot yet see the results of our endeavors. But without faith we are less likely to achieve what we set out to do!
Many empires have fallen due to doubt. And even when the third world war begins it will be because nations and leaders will be doubting each other; who has nuclear weapons and who doesn’t, how many?, etc.
In Hinduism there is a saying: a doubting intellect is led to destruction while a faithful intellect is led to victory. It’s a reference to the Mahabharat, the ‘Great War’, which started when the Kauravs (the bad guys) doubted the Pandavs (the good guys). The Pandavs were only five, but they were victorious because they trusted their chosen leader – God Krishna. They had unshakeable faith that they could overcome the onslaught of an army that was thousands of times bigger.
Let’s reflect for a moment, where will it take humanity to if we continue to doubt one another? What would be the condition of the world? We doubt others because we doubt ourselves and because we are not competent, or in control, and then we doubt others abilities also.
And because we doubt ourselves, we have also begun to doubt God. What is he doing whilst all of this is happening? But isn’t it better that we take responsibility for our part in what’s happening in the world actions than to question The Divine?
What would happen if we decided to trust ourselves instead of doubting? If I trust in my abilities I will achieve far more than I will if I doubt them. If I decide to have faith in others rather than distrusting them then they are much more likely to rise to the occasion, and may even exceed my expectations.
Trusting can be difficult in today’s world. But if we can trust ourselves, then we can know when, where and how to trust others and situations.
Julian of Norwich spoke the famous words, “All shall be well, and all shall be well and all manner of thing shall be well.” If we can trust in these words, then surely all will be well. We have to trust that a better new world is coming. If we have faith in that, then together we will be able to create a new world.
It’s Time… to trust yourself to trust. Keep it plain and simple. Rise in trust (as opposed to falling into doubt). And remember – where there is faith there is victory!
Experience a Short Meditation on ‘Trust’ (Music by Deepak Ram – Beauty in Diversity)
© ‘It’s Time…’ by Aruna Ladva, BK Publications London, UK